The Association for Rural & Small Libraries

The Voice of Rural & Small Libraries

Our Mission: ARSL builds strong communities through advocacy, professional development, and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries.

The Benefits of Membership

ARSL proudly supports and represents rural & small library staff. We welcome library staff of all kinds, partners, and ally organizations to learn more about ARSL membership. 

Become a Member

ARSL Annual Conference

ARSL's annual conference is the premiere conference for rural and small library professionals, advocates, and supporters. Mark your calendars for 2021 to join us October 20-23 in beautiful Reno/Sparks, Nevada!

2021 Conference

Visit the ARSL Elections page for more information about the positions open this election cycle and to read this year's candidate statements.

Member login is required to access the voting form. Forgot your login credentials? Use the Forgot Username and Forgot Password links beneath the login form to request a password rest email.

Vote in the 2022 ARSL Board Election


Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

Register as a Sponsor or Exhibitor for the 2021 ARSL Conference to support the premier professional association for rural and small libraries! We anticipate having not one, but two bustling exhibit halls - one on site in Sparks, Nevada and one online through the Whova conference app. After our record-shattering attendance of more than 2,000 library professionals at the 2020 virtual conference we are excited to offer more avenues than ever to help our sponsors and exhibitors build mutually-beneficial connections with our attendees.

Register as a Sponsor, Exhibitor, or Advertiser

ARSL Conference Updates

Register for the 2021 ARSL Conference!

8/23/2021 Update: ARSL Board Votes to Require Proof of Vaccination

In the interest of ensuring the safety of our attendees and presenters, and based on the best available information from the CDC regarding large indoor gatherings, the Board of Directors of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries has voted in favor of requiring proof of vaccination to attend the 2021 ARSL Conference in person. You are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after your second shot if you receive(d) two doses (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after you receive(d) a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).

Attendees who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be denied admission to the conference. If you have been advised against receiving the COVID-19 vaccination by your doctor, you may provide documentation of that medical exemption on official clinic or hospital letterhead in lieu of a vaccination card. Attendees who cannot provide proof of vaccination are invited to join us for the virtual conference experience. The ARSL office will be glad to assist you in changing your registration as needed; no administrative fees will be charged to registrants as a result of these changes.

We hope that this decision will help our attendees feel more secure attending our in-person event, and we look forward to reconnecting and growing with you this October.

Please direct any questions to the ARSL office at [email protected].

Registration Costs

In-Person Registration will close October 13, 2021.


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*Advocates includes library Trustees, Board Members, Friends, and Volunteers


Preconference Workshops

Preconference workshops are back for our in-person attendees this year! These workshops are priced separately from general conference attendance and will take place on Wednesday, October 20. Check out the Program Descriptions page for full workshop details!

4-Hour Workshops (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) | ARSL Members: $65 | Nonmembers: $85

3-Hour Workshops (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM) | ARSL Members: $50 | Nonmembers: $70


Conference Hotel

The Nugget Resort in Sparks, Nevada
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV, 89431

Conference Hotel Rate: $99/night single/double occupancy plus taxes and fees

To Book By Phone: Call 1-800-648-1177 and ask for Group Code GARSL21

Click Here To Book Online

Register for the 2021 ARSL Conference!

Conference Store

The ARSL 2021 Conference Store will feature the 2021 conference logo on short sleeve tees, long sleeve tees, regular sweatshirts, and hooded sweatshirts, as well as ARSL logo embroidered cardigans and shirts.

New this year: the ARSL Retro Line!

Featuring fan favorites from the most recent ARSL conferences, the ARSL Retro Line is your opportunity to pick up the conference tee you wish you had! Each design will be available in one color and style. The Retro Line will include the following conference designs:

  • Linking Libraries in the Land of Lincoln, Springfield, IL (2018)
  • Tap In To Libraries, Burlington, VT (2019)
  • SOAR With Libraries, 2020 Virtual Conference

ARSL Statement on Anti-Racism

Because Black lives matter and library professionals can be agents of change in rural and small communities across the nation, ARSL urges our members to stand up and speak out to end systemic oppression and police brutality. The ARSL Board of Directors is in active discussion about how we will commit to anti-racist work within our association.

Silence is compliance.